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Rose Acre Farms recalling nearly 207m eggs

FDA traced some of foodborne illness source back to North Carolina farm.

Rose Acres Farms is voluntarily recalling nearly 207 million eggs due to a possible Salmonella Braenderup contamination after 22 people have reported cases of illness since early March, according to a notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration’s website.

According to the agency, the eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, N.C., and reached consumers in the states of Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery. They were sold under multiple brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms.

“After learning that all of the people who became ill ate eggs or egg dishes, the FDA was able to trace back the source of some of the eggs to the Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde County farm,” FDA said on its website. “FDA investigators then inspected the farm and collected samples for testing. FDA analysis of the samples revealed that the same strain of Salmonella Braenderup that caused the illnesses was present at the Hyde County Egg facility, tying the facility to the illnesses.”

FDA noted that the Hyde County farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day, has 3 million laying hens and a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector on site daily.

Consumers who have purchased shell eggs from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled eggs and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

S. Braenderup is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, FDA noted. Healthy individuals infected with S. Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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